Haldwani: The man, the legend Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who drew the attention of all and sundry through his methods of non-violence was fascinated by the mesmerizing beauty of Kausani.

During his long crusade against the British regime, Bapu took a break of two days in 1929 to rejuvenate himself in Kausani popularly known as ‘Mini Switzerland’. Spellbound by the majestic hill station, Gandhi extended his stay and spent a fortnight at Kausani which held a special place in his heart.

His memorable commentary on the Gita-Anashakti Yoga was inspired by the enchanted hill station that enlightened his spiritual insight awakened by the scenic grandeur of the richly gifted spot. Drawing from his experiences in South Africa, Bapu widened the scope of advocacy in India. Thereafter, he took up the resolute step to protest against the atrocities of Britishers in India and other countries.

On Gandhiji’s arrival in India from South Africa, Gopal Krishna Gokhale asked him to explore India in order to know it better. This brought Bapu to Kausani where he resided at a guest house of a tea estate owner which until sometime was the Panchayat guest house. However, to keep alive the memories of the Mahatma, the then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Sucheta Kriplani handed it over to the Gandhi Memorial Fund UP which is now known as the Anashakti Ashram.

The ashram now boasts of a library, reading room and research centre which provides ample of information to those studying about Gandhi. It also offers a magnificent photo gallery consisting of photographs from his childhood to old age covering his various phases of life and ancestry.

An all religion prayer assembly is also organised here in which people from all walks of life and religion participate for world peace.

(JPN/Bureau)